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4.0 out of 5 stars
Wendy James' genre shifting opus., 26 Sep 2007
Originally released in 1993, I'm sure everyone knows the story of Wendy writing to Elvis Costello asking him to write for her. So I won't bore you with the story of how he sat down in a park and wrote all these songs over the course of a weekend with his then wife, Cait O'Riordan. I also won't go on to say that these songs are among the best songs that Mr. MacManus wrote but did not officially record himself. You probably don't need me to tell you either, that many of these songs are available as B Sides and extra tracks on some of Costello's later releases. It's probably pointless for me to say that most of these versions (there are also a couple of live takes around) were taken from the demo tape that Elvis made with just him and Pete Thomas of the Attractions, which was then sent on to Wendy James for her approval. And surely, you already know that Wendy then went on to record the whole album, with Pete Thomas contributing drums. However, you might not know that there is a lyric booklet included with the lyrics in German, French, Spanish and Italian, as well as in English.
It's hard to say why this album wasn't a bigger success for Wendy James. Perhaps people were not prepared for the radical shift in genre which she had to make.